Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The cows are home, it's wonderful having them back, I open the back door and I can sniff cow, lovely!

We arrived at Rectory Cottage at 10am prompt,  Simon had brought up some gates to assist us, and Sally who has been looking after them for us was rather tearful, she has grown rather fond of our Dennis and although its not time yet, he won't return to Rectory Cottage next year. 

They loaded a treat, up into the yard and straight up the ramp and in.  What good little Dexters. 

They are enjoying being home, they have made their bed their own and decided who is eating out of each trough.

We also brought the last few ewes back form their summer grazing, Fred the ram has been put in with them after fitting his nice new shiny raddle. So far this week lots of bottoms have been coloured in.

Maurice and I managed to put the last roofing sheet on his new rotevator home and they are all parked in a nice line.

This week has been busy so far, we took the last two pigs to the abbatoir yesterday morning a 4am start.

They are such lovely people at the abbatoir we use Fowlers Bros in Burnham on Crouch. They are gentle with the animals and patient with us when we have a tearful moment.  They very kindly delivered the carcasses home today and hung in the fridge ready for our last batch of sausage making for the year.

We have 30kg of sausages ordered for collection on Sunday. I no what i will be doing on Saturday! I also hope to prepare 20 pheasant so I can make the pheasant, port and cranberry recipe again. 

I find myself writing this post sitting in front of the fire drinking tea, whilst Gareth is  boning out the pork at 9.30pm.  Never a dull moment but we wouldn't have it any other way!

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